On a Wednesday night, Ottawa bus driver, Dan Stoddard was driving his usual course along Route 96 when he noticed an odd sight.
In the Canadian suburb, Kanata, Ontario, a half-naked woman was alone waiting at the bus stop. When she didn't move to get on the bus, Stoddard instantly knew something wasn't right. It was one in the morning and unsafe for her to be by herself, so he stepped out of the vehicle and asked her what was wrong.
The mystery woman then explained how she had just ran away from a domestic dispute at home. She had been physically and verbally abused, but was left stranded since she didn't have anywhere to go. Immediately Stoddard alerted the authorities about the situation. He politely asked the two men on the bus to move to the back, so the pair could have some privacy. While they waited for the police to come, the patient man listened and comforted the distressed lady for 30 minutes.
One of the passengers onboard, Brendan Fowlie, was touched by the sincere act of kindness he had just witnessed.
"They don't get credit for the good stuff they do, for the safe arrivals," said Fowlie.
Once transit security came, Stafford bid farewell to his new friend and continued on with his route. Since the incident, he hasn't heard from the unknown stranger, but he hopes that she's doing all right. While the bus driver acknowledges he helped the woman out, he is modest about being defined as a hero.
"Did she need help? Yes she did and I helped with what I was able to help with. I didn't go above and beyond. I did what any human should do," said Stoddard.
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